Disk cloning is a vital procedure for addressing data loss situations arrived in case of Mac and macOS devices. A clone of your Mac storage drive serves as a full backup, a replacement drive for your Mac, a data restoration medium in case of data loss, and a startup disk or a bootable drive in case your Mac doesn’t startup.
In this post, we’ll share a really easy and effective disk cloning method based on Stellar Drive Clone software, which will help you restore Mac from its existing clone. And if you haven’t cloned your Mac yet, we’ve got you covered.
Mac Drive Cloning & Restoration Process
1. Clone Your Mac Storage Disk/Volume
Prerequisite: You need the following bits and pieces to perform disk cloning:
- Working Mac
- An external HDD or SSD of equal or more storage space than the internal Mac storage drive
- Connecting cable
Warning: Disk cloning erases the destination drive. So, ensure the drive that’s being used to create the clone doesn’t contain any important data; back up the underlying data to avoid any potential data loss.
Procedure: Perform the following steps to create a disk or volume clone of your Mac:
Step i. Download and install Stellar® Drive Clone software on your Mac system whose internal storage drive’s clone you wish to create.
Step ii. Launch the software. Click the Clone tab from the left pane of the interface.
Step iii. Choose the “Disk Clone” and “Clone without resizing” options or “Volume Clone” as per requirement. Select your Mac startup disk as a source and the external HDD or SSD as the destination. Then, click Continue.
Step iv. Allow the software to complete the cloning process.
2. Restore Mac from its Clone
Method 1: Restore Mac from Disk Clone
Perform the following steps to restore Mac from disk clone:
Step i. Connect your external disk clone to your non-booting Mac.
Step ii. Power on your Mac then press and hold the Option key.
Step iii. Select the external disk clone to boot your Mac.
Step iv. Open Disk Utility, then select the internal Mac startup disk as the destination drive. Note: Disk Utility erases this drive.
Step v. Click the Restore tab.
Step vi. Click “Restore from” then select your external clone disk to restore.
Step vii. Click Restore then Done.
Method 2: Restore Mac Volume from Cloned Folder or Image File
Perform the following steps to restore Mac volume from the cloned folder or image file:
Step i. Launch the Stellar Drive Clone software. Click the Restore tab from the left pane.
Step ii. Choose either “Restore Volume from Folder” or “Restore Volume from Volume Image File” option. Select the source drive and your destination drive. Then, click Continue.
Step iii. Let the software to restore the volume to the specified destination drive.
Identical and ready-to-use copy of your Mac storage drive is a must to safeguard your macOS, installed applications, and all its stored files. Data loss occurs, and we can’t stop it, but having a clone of your Mac hard drive can avert imminent data loss due to any unforeseen reasons.
This blog shared a couple of methods to restore your Mac by using its clone. If you aren’t aware of the cloning process, the blog also elaborated Stellar Drive Clone software—one of the best disk cloning apps for Mac—to clone your Mac to an external storage drive.
This utility supports HFS to HFS, FAT to FAT, and NTFS to ex-FAT cloning. It can also clone an encrypted Mac drive or volume. You can also use the utility to clone HDD to SSD or vice versa.
Apart from cloning, the DIY Stellar Drive Clone software creates bootable DVD or minimal system under the Tools tab. You can use the Imaging tab to create an image of a volume or hard drive. The software even provides the Backup tab to create a backup of the selected file(s) or folder(s).